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Ideal Power Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial Results

Management to Host Conference Call at 4:30 p.m. ET


/EINPresswire.com/ -- AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 02/11/16 -- Ideal Power Inc. (NASDAQ: IPWR), a developer of innovative power conversion technologies, reported results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015.

Key 2015 and Subsequent Highlights:

  • Received largest order in the Company's history, totalling 14.5MW across our entire product family for deliveries throughout 2016.
  • Added multiple new customers and alliance partners including Gexpro, Sonnen, Wesco International, KACO new energy, EOS Energy Storage, LG Chem and Aquion Energy.
  • Order backlog of $5.2 million at December 31, 2015.
  • Received first commercial orders for Asia; two customers ordered multiple units of Grid-Resilient 125kW Power Conversion Systems (PCS) for project installations in China and Japan.
  • Received first multi-unit orders for the microgrid market from The Boeing Company and EnerDel.
  • Partnering with Austin Energy on U.S. DOE-funded projects to integrate solar PV and storage for commercial sites.
  • Introduced and achieved certification for UL1741 conformance for Grid-Resilient 30kW 2-Port, 30kW Multi-Port and 125kW 2-Port PCS with microgrid forming and software-enabled 50Hz and 60Hz capabilities.
  • Grid-Resilient 30kW Multi-Port PCS recognized as one of the top inverter products of 2015 by Solar Power World Magazine.
  • Currently have 43 issued patents, up from 20 at December 31, 2014, including 12 issued patents for B-TRAN and over 100 patent applications pending.

"2015 was an inflection point for our business, with significant revenue growth from new products supported by the addition of several new alliance partnerships and customers that we expect to fuel our future growth," stated Dan Brdar, Chairman and CEO. "We are excited about the size, commitment and capability of global companies entering the battery energy storage space. We expect to see strong growth in 2016 based on our year-end backlog and feedback from our existing and potential channel partners. In addition, we are excited about the prospects for our bi-directional power switch technology as a key component of our longer term strategy and product differentiation."

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial Results

  • 2015 product revenue increased 250% to $4.3 million compared to 2014 product revenue of $1.2 million.
  • 2015 gross margins were 9% compared to negative 22% gross margins in 2014.
  • 2015 net loss was $10.4 million compared to $6.9 million in 2014 on higher research and development expenses.
  • Q4 2015 product revenue increased 159% to $967 thousand compared to Q4 2014 product revenue, with approximately 90% of Q4 2015 revenue related to products introduced in 2015.
  • Q4 2015 gross margins were 1% compared to negative 36% gross margins in Q4 2014, with some compression in Q4 2015 gross margins due to the introduction of our new 125kW product at low initial production volumes.
  • Q4 2015 net loss was $3.0 million compared to Q4 2014 net loss of $2.0 million on higher research and development expenses.
  • Higher research and development spending resulted from the self-funding of our bi-directional switch development efforts in 2015, the engagement of a second semiconductor fabricator for the bi-directional switch development and prototyping and certification costs associated with new products.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totalled $15.0 million on December 31, 2015, compared to $17.3 million on September 30, 2015 and $7.9 million on December 31, 2014, with no long-term debt outstanding.

"We delivered significant year-over-year revenue growth and generated positive gross margins, displaying the inherent leverage of our business model," said Tim Burns, Chief Financial Officer of Ideal Power. "Backlog at December 31, 2015 increased 160% to $5.2 million compared to a backlog of $2.0 million at December 31, 2014. This included a significant increase in backlog for our 125kW product, which represented more than 50% of total backlog at year end. We also ended 2015 with a strong balance sheet with $15 million in cash and no long-term debt outstanding."

Conference Call Details

Ideal Power CEO Dan Brdar and CFO Tim Burns will host the conference call, followed by a question and answer period.

To access the call, please use the following information:

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Time: 4:30 pm ET, 1:30 pm PT
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-888-219-1420
International dial-in number: 1-913-312-0683
Conference ID: 3024604

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay at http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=118179 and via the investors section of the Company's website at www.IdealPower.com.

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact MZ Group at 1-949-259-4986 or matt.hayden@mzgroup.us.

About Ideal Power Inc.

Ideal Power Inc. (NASDAQ: IPWR) has developed a novel, patented power conversion technology called Power Packet Switching Architecture™ (PPSA). PPSA improves the size, cost, efficiency, flexibility and reliability of electronic power converters. PPSA can scale across several large and growing markets, including commercial grid storage, combined solar and storage, microgrids, and electrified vehicle charging. Ideal Power has a capital-efficient business model that can enable it to address these and potentially other markets simultaneously.

The Company's products are made from standard industry components, are battery agnostic and software driven, which provides ultimate flexibility for customers globally. Ideal Power's current products include a 30 kW Battery Converter, Grid-Resilient 30kW 2-Port and Multi-Port PCS and a 125kW 2-Port PCS. These products allow the Company to form key relationships with leaders across several multi-billion dollar vertical markets to support their growth initiatives. New channel relationships are expected to significantly increase penetration into target markets and may be complemented by licensing agreements, enabling high volume and international expansion.

Ideal Power has won multiple grants for its PPSA technology, including a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) program, and market-leading customers are incorporating PPSA as a key component of their systems. For more information, visit www.IdealPower.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

All statements in this release that are not based on historical fact are "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements include our statements that 2015 was an inflection point for our business, that the addition of several new alliance partnerships will fuel our future growth, that we will have strong growth in 2016 based on our backlog and feedback from current and potential customers and that new channel partnerships are expected to significantly increase penetration into target markets and may be complemented by licensing agreements, enabling high volume and international expansion. While management has based any forward looking statements included in this release on its current expectations, the information on which such expectations were based may change. These forward looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control that could cause actual results to materially differ from such statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, but are not limited to, whether the patents for our technology provide adequate protection and whether we can be successful in maintaining, enforcing and defending our patents, whether the demand for energy storage products will grow at a pace consistent with our expectations, whether demand for our products, which we believe are disruptive, will develop and whether we can compete successfully with other manufacturers and suppliers of energy conversion products, both now and in the future, as new products are developed and marketed. Furthermore, we operate in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment where new and unanticipated risks may arise. Accordingly, investors should not place any reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. We disclaim any intention to, and undertake no obligation to, update or revise forward-looking statements.



                              IDEAL POWER INC.
                               BALANCE SHEETS

                                                December 31,   December 31,
                                                    2015           2014
                                               -------------  -------------
                    ASSETS
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                    $  15,022,286  $   7,912,011
  Accounts receivable, net                           872,874        446,521
  Inventories, net                                   648,009        251,338
  Prepayments and other current assets               296,355        263,605
                                               -------------  -------------
    Total current assets                          16,839,524      8,873,475
Property and equipment, net                          925,899        374,376
Intangible assets, net                             1,466,811      1,012,964
Other assets                                          17,920         17,920
                                               -------------  -------------
      Total assets                             $  19,250,154  $  10,278,735
                                               =============  =============

     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                             $   1,338,828  $     441,636
  Accrued expenses                                 1,240,093        773,119
                                               -------------  -------------
    Total current liabilities                      2,578,921      1,214,755
                                               -------------  -------------

Stockholders' equity:
  Common stock                                         9,550          7,048
  Additional paid-in capital                      50,757,414     32,712,020
  Treasury stock                                      (2,657)        (2,657)
  Accumulated deficit                            (34,093,074)   (23,652,431)
                                               -------------  -------------
    Total stockholders' equity                    16,671,233      9,063,980
                                               -------------  -------------
      Total liabilities and stockholders'
       equity                                  $  19,250,154  $  10,278,735
                                               =============  =============



                              IDEAL POWER INC.
                          STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

                              Quarter Ended               Year Ended
                              December 31,               December 31,
                        ------------------------  -------------------------
                            2015         2014         2015          2014
                        -----------  -----------  ------------  -----------
Revenues:
  Products and services $   967,391  $   373,415  $  4,259,909  $ 1,215,015
  Grants                          -      131,029             -      579,079
                        -----------  -----------  ------------  -----------
    Total revenue           967,391      504,444     4,259,909    1,794,094

Cost of revenues:
  Products                  954,608      542,411     3,872,672    1,545,671
  Grant research and
   development costs              -      145,588             -      643,421
                        -----------  -----------  ------------  -----------
    Total cost of
     revenue                954,608      687,999     3,872,672    2,189,092
                        -----------  -----------  ------------  -----------

      Gross profit
       (loss)                12,783     (183,555)      387,237     (394,998)
                        -----------  -----------  ------------  -----------

Operating expenses:
  Research and
   development            1,712,028      695,933     5,521,390    2,340,227
  General and
   administrative           926,177      767,135     3,693,450    2,993,131
  Sales and marketing       421,954      359,013     1,644,512    1,199,578
                        -----------  -----------  ------------  -----------
      Total operating
       expenses           3,060,159    1,822,081    10,859,352    6,532,936
                        -----------  -----------  ------------  -----------

Loss from operations     (3,047,376)  (2,005,636)  (10,472,115)  (6,927,934)

Interest income              10,320        5,567        31,472       27,715
                        -----------  -----------  ------------  -----------

Net loss                $(3,037,056) $(2,000,069) $(10,440,643) $(6,900,219)
                        ===========  ===========  ============  ===========

Net loss per share -
 basic and fully
 diluted                $     (0.32) $     (0.28) $      (1.23) $     (0.98)
                        ===========  ===========  ============  ===========

Weighted average number
 of shares outstanding
 - basic and fully
 diluted                  9,432,237    7,041,318     8,495,735    7,016,872
                        ===========  ===========  ============  ===========



                              IDEAL POWER INC.
                          STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

                                                  Year Ended December 31,
                                               ----------------------------
                                                    2015           2014
                                               -------------  -------------
Cash flows from operating activities:
  Net loss                                     $ (10,440,643) $  (6,900,219)
  Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net
   cash used in operating activities:
    Allowance for doubtful accounts                   97,344         24,775
    Write-down of inventory                                -         62,851
    Depreciation and amortization                    232,852         67,793
    Write-off of capitalized patents                 145,691              -
    Write-off of fixed assets                         53,855              -
    Stock-based compensation                       1,384,763        944,102
    Common stock issued for services                       -         50,004
    Fair value of warrants issued for services        84,900        130,179
  Decrease (increase) in operating assets:
    Accounts receivable                             (523,697)      (218,890)
    Inventories                                     (412,698)       205,468
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets        (32,750)       (50,030)
    Increase (decrease) in operating
     liabilities:
    Accounts payable                                 897,192        (97,509)
    Accrued expenses and deferred rent               466,974        311,926
                                               -------------  -------------
      Net cash used in operating activities       (8,046,217)    (5,469,550)
                                               -------------  -------------

Cash flows from investing activities:
  Purchase of property and equipment                (791,605)      (342,247)
  Acquisition of intangible assets                  (630,136)      (418,255)
                                               -------------  -------------
    Net cash used in investing activities         (1,421,741)      (760,502)
                                               -------------  -------------

Cash flows from financing activities:
  Net proceeds from issuance of common stock      15,924,405              -
  Exercise of options and warrants                   653,828          4,966
                                               -------------  -------------
    Net cash provided by financing activities     16,578,233          4,966
                                               -------------  -------------

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash
 equivalents                                       7,110,275     (6,225,086)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of
 period                                            7,912,011     14,137,097
                                               -------------  -------------
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $  15,022,286  $   7,912,011
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